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The more time i spent at The manchester college’s – Ford Car garage the more i imagined my final outcome, a street wear approach with a industrialised, workwear feel. I wanted to change the way overalls were viewed and try and reduce the masculinity and stereotypical ‘geezer’ attitude worn by mechanics. i wanted to learn where this stereotype had come from,  i also wanted to explore the transition from ‘boy’ to ‘man’.

After purchasing the specific colours and suits sizes i wanted, I began reviewing my drawings and tried to decide which designs i would like to go with. I dont consider myself a designer, but during my time at college I’ve learnt the basic skills to pattern cutting and garment construction, and due to this project been my Final Major College Project, i wanted to use the wide range of skills ive learnt during my time there. i didn’t want to complete a full design cycle and have my main outcome as a collection, but i wanted to customise my garments and take full control over photography/styling/design/garments. i had quite a few ideas regarding re-dyeing, embellishment, cropped sleeves/no sleeves, and treating the fabric ie bleaching.

Below are a few photos of the suits before i ‘re styled’ them



On one suit i added zips onto pockets, and removed the collar also decided to crop the sleeves. above i styled it with a plain orange beanie.


To get a good idea of what i wanted to design, i drew some simple silhouettes wearing stereotypical mechanics overalls, i then placed them over specification sheets and drew them out as designs, this gave a great effect and i became interested in the different things you can achieve using light. i loved the layered effect from the images wanted to investigate with projection and light further.

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 I then used found bits of metal to layer on top of the drawings, to give an embellished look.

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My College teaches automotive and engineering courses and is one of the largest funded schemes and partnership with the Manchester college, i visited the workshop and was greeted by the kindest man, he politely granted i take photos and insisted he would show me around the workshop.he also individually told me what every piece of machinery was and what it was/ used to be used for, but i wasn’t quick enough to note it all down and only caught a few things.

Also some were just nicely painted for display.


After Teaching restarted, and i had enough photographs i was offered some old scraps they were throwing away, screws, nuts, bolts, wires, metal boxes, which would absolutely help me achieve my desired look. I customized a clean silver metal chain with rusted screws and bolts and styled it as a necklace, after that a few bracelets followed



Automated Robotic Methods are given a human touch in this industrial look that realizes the beauty of Machinery.


My main aim is to develop and extend my specialist subject skills and realize my creative potential through personal research, experimentation and communication of ideas using specialist art and design media

After finally realizing i wanted to focus more on the Styling side of things regarding my FMP, i decided this was appropriate as this is the part i find most exciting and wanted my end of college project to be an enjoyable experience. Initially i thought tonal blues, browns and metallics and 100% wanted to customize the garments used in my photographs. i wanted the styling and photography both to be my own work.

I toyed with the idea of using Laser cutting, leather, treated denim and raw edges on my garments, but definitely wanted them to be made with a ‘D.I.Y’ attitude and ‘London street’ target market

ImageDuring the Process i will create and Re-style a number of garments for my final photoshoot, using various materials some shop bought, some found, but mostly recycled from old machinery and engines

 Derek Fortas – Coal Story

‘photography exhibition’


I wasn’t lucky enough to see this photo series be exhibited, but i definitely would of .I was hugely inspired by the darkness in these photos. The unfortunate, depressive states the coal miners face are recognizable and hugely obvious throughout. It was his personal response to the history of solidarity movement in Poland.


Seo Young Deok – Korean Artist


When you learn that Seo Young has spent the last year molding a load of bike chains worth an estimated £25,000 into the shape of a human head.  You’d think he was committed to his work. But also i think he just has a very clear vision of  industrialization and the current human condition. His work material mostly consists of chains,  hes known for creating abstract sculptures of the human body

Anouk Wipprecht – Dutch, Fashion Designer

Electric couture is her niche and ‘fashionable technology’ is her main aim

Her creations are a very fine line between fashion and fine art, her use of materials creates a ‘sci fi’/ ‘robotic’ effect but also keeps it very subtle,  and feminine,  using pale colour stories,

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Sam Voulters – My new all time favourite stylist

I love his flamboyancy. hes too much.

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Tim Walker – Mechanical dolls for vogue Italia October 2011

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The Steampunk trend started in the 1980s but is most commonly seen in science fiction themed films, its becoming more common as a subculture and some people adapt there way of life and consider there self ‘Neo- victoriansm’ they modify there clothes, home furniture, personal style and music/film taste. There Outfits have no guidelines, but mostly resemble modern styles influenced by the Victorian era.

Steampunk inspired outfits tend to include either: time pieces, aircraft goggles, and ray guns but also occasionally modern items are used, after been modified to look like there from the victorian era, Steam punk fashion has become more mainstream and is seen responsible for the ‘Romantic goth Subculture’ . I enjoy the combination of both machinery and fashion. Thomas Willeford; Designer, Artist, Writer and maker of steampunk, is very well known for the ‘Arm’ he created out of machinery Image

Steam punk was also heavily fueled by Military style garments, tailored suits, coats, vests and of course top hats.


With the first mention of my end of college FMP (final major project) it was a clever decision that my first initial starting place was London, London was the place to be to refresh my memory, renew my mind and learn new things regarding whats happening with fabrics and what the current/ new trends are on the London streets.

I visited many Gallery’s whilst i was in London but my favorites were The Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House, Where i viewed the ‘Becoming Picasso’ Exhibition and then the ICA where i viewed Juergen Tellers ‘WOO’ Photography exhibition, the wide range of fashion, portraiture and mostly nude pictures were impressive. Also very shocking  when a  print the size of a billboard of Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, completely nude  Dominated a plain white room with nothing more than a women standing in the corner as a sort of security,  i considered his photography to be absolutely beautiful and was stunned by the amount of designers and labels hes photographed for. later browsing the street trends on brick lane and collecting a few fabric samples from SOHO i was feeling excited to review my research and further explore using WGSN to secure a clear theme, also what area i wanted to base the project, with it been design or styling.

Below ive posted a few pictures from my trip!